Nell: I am afraid we have some very sad news for you all today.

Me: Yes, we do. Our darling Mutley. This is breaking my heart.

Nell: Yesterday afternoon Mutley was taken suddenly ill.

Me: Yes.

Nell: So you and Kev rushed him to the vets.

Me: We did. We called them and they said bring him straight in.

Nell: Emily the vet was there. She knows Mutley.

Me: She was. We had to wait in the car park while she took Mutley inside.

Nell: She explained to you that Mutley had suffered a major seizure affecting his brain.

Me: Yes.

Nell: There were some invasive procedures they could have tried, but she didn’t hold out much hope at his age, and the kindest thing you and Kev could do would be to let him go.

Me: Yes.

Nell: So that is what you did.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Because you loved him.

Me: We did. We do. We always will.

Nell: Yes, we will.

Me: The awful thing was, because of this horrible virus, we couldn’t be with him.

Nell: I know.

Me: We weren’t allowed to stay with him, Nell. We had to drive away.

Nell: Emily was there with him.

Me: Yes, she was.

Nell: Now he is running free and in no pain.

Me: Our darling Mutley.

Nell: Remember what I told you about when our loved ones die?

Me: Yes.

Nell: They never really leave us. They become our Guardians and watch over us. Love like that never dies.

Me: Yes.

Nell: So Mutley is watching over us now and if any of us need to talk to him we can be sure he is listening.

Me: I miss him so much.

Nell: We all do.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

Nell: No need for sorry. Not today.

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